Miguel Beltran Jr and Roman Martinez stepped into the ring to fight one fight ahead of the HBO pay-per-view main event of Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Sergio Martinez. What was a good fight on paper turned into a much better fight in action as the two men really threw their all into each round of give-and-take action.
Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KO) and Beltran (27-2, 17 KO) waged a close quarters war at times, drilled each other at distance at times, and both employed heavy offensive weapons. Beltran found a lot of success with his right hand, and Martinez seemed to put punches together better in combination. Neither did major body work, but Beltran had the advantage there with a strong left hook.
It must be noted that a point deduction late in the fight by Russell Mora kept this fight from being a majority draw. But it must also be noted that the deduction wasn't really unjust -- Beltran had been warned for hitting behind the head, and told he'd lose a point the next time, and there did appear to be intent there.
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